Cadaver on way to research lab found by police in Denton

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DENTON, Texas (AP) — Police say a cadaver found along a North Texas road was being transported to Denver for medical research but fell out of a vehicle.

Denton police said Friday there's no indication of criminal wrongdoing and the van transporting the body had a broken rear window.

A Denton officer early Tuesday discovered a bag containing the body of 79-year-old Nell Joseph.

Officials say Joseph had lung disease and died in Fort Worth on Thanksgiving Day. Her family donated her body to Science Care so the organization could study chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The body was being transported from a Dallas-area mortuary.

The van driver told authorities he didn't realize the body had crashed through the back window.

Science Care has stopped using the transportation firm amid a review of the incident.

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